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One Planet York: Creating a Sustainable City
Gary Topp

  • Wednesday 15 June 2016, 11.30AM to 2:30pm
  • Free admission
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  • Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

York is a fantastic place to live, work and visit. But as with other cities, the clock is ticking. Typically in the UK we are using the resources of three planets when we have just one. Join us for the launch of One Planet York, an emerging partnership working towards a more sustainable, resilient and collaborative ‘One Planet’ city.

There are lots of things we can do at home, work and play to ensure we get back to more sustainable lifestyles and create a more sustainable city. Great things are already happening:  zero waste factories, electric bus and taxi fleets, renewable energy, the country’s best high street, mutually owned library services, open data platforms, super connected digital connectivity, integrated wellness services  and communities mobilsed to tend their own green spaces. Taken together, these disperate actions are helping put York on a more sustainable and resilient footing.

Speaker Gary Topp, former Director of Bristol’s Green Capital Partnership - the largest of its type in the world and the UKs first European Green Capital - will outline the very real benefits cities like York can achieve by working smarter together.

The event includes an exhibition where local organisations and businesses will showcase their leadership across a diverse range of topics, including sustainable transport, land use and wildlife, carbon reduction and waste, health and wellbeing, and sustainable food and water.

About the speaker

Gary Topp is the former Director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, the largest partnership of its type in the world and the driving force behind the UK’s first European Green Capital. He is a highly experienced leader and convenor of cross platform working at regional and city scale. He was previously the Chief Executive of Yorkshire Culture and is currently Director of Culture Central in Birmingham. He has worked in cities across the UK and in Melbourne, Australia. 

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